History (HlST)

American History
European and Asian History
History Independent Study, Internship, Research, Travel-Study, and Topics Courses


American History

201 History of the United States I (3) A study of the main currents and developments in American life from colonial times to 1877.

202 History of the United States II (3) A study of the main currents and developments in American life from 1877 to the present.

303 (503) Women in American History (3) Explores the lives of American women through the prism of class, race, and ethnicity—in relationship to each other, to their families, to their work at home and in the public sphere, and to their influence on American society and culture. Beginning with the European settlement of North America and continuing until the present, women’s history will be woven into a presentation of the American past.

310 American Military History (3) American military history from the American Revolution to the present. Evaluation of significant battles from the viewpoints of the participants, their resources, decision-making techniques, and the nine principles of war. Discussion of all of America’s wars. Emphasis on the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. (Same as Mil Sci 310)

331 History of Tennessee (3) Tennessee history from the view of the culture of the Indian tribes living in this area through early European settIement, the Revolutionary War in Tennessee, and the organization of Tennessee as a state. Social and economic life on the frontier, the culture of the pre-Civil War South, the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in Tennessee, and from the Progressive era to the present.

334 Frontier History: The Atlantic to the Mississippi (3) The settlement of the eastern half of the American continent to 1850, the significance of land in the development of the colonies and the American nation, development of frontier institutions, and Indian-white contacts. Considerable attention given to agricultural developments.

335 Frontier History: The Mississippi to the Pacific (3) The settIement and economic development west of the Mississippi River from the Spanish entry through the agricultural unrest of the 1890’s. Fur traders, settlement of Texas, Oregon, and California, the Mormon migration, the Mexican War, Forty-niners and other miners, Indians, cattlemen, the Farmer’s Frontier, and the Agricultural Revolution.

403-404 (603-604) Social and Cultural History of the United States (3,3) Based on an analysis of gender, race, class, and ethnicity, this course examines American society “from the bottom up,” looking at such issues as the environment, health and demography, religious values, industrialization, cities and suburbia, courtship, social movements, popular culture, and everyday life. 1600 to 1860 (403). 1860 to Present (404).

431 (631) From Infant to World Power: American Diplomacy, 1776-1900 (3) The American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, expansionism during the 1840’s and 1850’s, the Far East, Civil War diplomacy, the purchase of Alaska, Pan Americanism, the new manifest destiny, war with Spain, and various other topics.

432 (632) World Power and Leadership Responsibilities: American Diplomacy, 1900 to the Present (3) America’s response to its position as a world power. Latin America and the Caribbean (Panama Canal Zone, etc.), Far Eastern interests, World War 1, the interwar period (Manchurian Crisis, the Good Neighbor Policy, etc.), the causes of World War ll, World War ll diplomacy, and the Cold War years (the Korean War, Cuba, Vietnam, etc.).

434 (634) African-American History I (3) This course covers the background and origin of the slave trade in Africa, the mid-passage, the nature of the slave trade in the Americas, the Africans in America both as freemen and slaves, movements to end slavery and slave resistance efforts, and the role of blacks in the Civil War.

435 (635) African-American History II (3) This course covers the African-Americans from the Reconstruction period to the present time. Topics included are the ending of slavery, the economic and political transition following it, the emerging debate over the role of the African-American in American life, the struggle for political and legal equality, and the social and cultural development of African-Americans in the twentieth century.

461 (661) The Colonial Period and the Revolution (3) A study of the origins and development of the American colonies, with special attention given to those that formed the “original thirteen states.” Social, cultural, and religious differences and developments as well as political and military events. An examination of the causes and events that brought about the rupture of the ties to England and the military and diplomatic history of the Revolutionary War.

462 (662) The Constitution and the Rise of the Federation (3) A study of the problems for the Confederation after the drafting of the peace with England and an examination of the solutions found, or attempted, in the Constitutional Convention. The nature of the union formed by the ratification process, and the subsequent changes in that union during the Federal Period. Review of the attempts to form a distinctly American culture.

491 (691) The Old South (3) A study of the political, social, and economic development of the southern states from settIement by Europeans to the end of the Civil War. Emphasis upon the rise of the Cotton Kingdom and the causes of Secession.

492 (692) The South Since 1865 (3) A study of the South both as a distinct region and as an area reestablishing itself in American life after the Civil War. The unique problems adjusting to defeat, the revolution in the labor system, and race relations, as well as the Populist challenge, industrialization, the plight of tenant farmers, the decline of cotton, and the integration struggle.

494 (694) The Jacksonian Era, 1815-1850 (3) A critical inquiry into the period from James Madison through James K. Polk. Emphasis on the rise of nationalism politics, the acquisition of Florida, the Jacksonian presidency, the acquisition of Texas and Oregon, the Mexican War, the slavery controversy, sectionalism, and other causes of the Civil War.

495 (695) The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877 (3) A critical inquiry into the inflammatory politics of the 1850’s, the many causes of the Civil War, the course, conduct and significance of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Special emphasis on the military campaigns, emancipation, activity behind the lines, wartime diplomacy, and reconstructing the nation.

496 (696) Recent History of the U.S., 1900-1945 (3) A study of the forces and personalities that shaped American history through Progressivism, WWI, an Age of Excess, depression and government response, and WWII.

497 (697) Recent History of the U.S., 1945 to the Present (3) An assessment of the important activities and changes in American life brought on in large part by WWII and the subsequent competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

European and Asian History

121 Development of World Civilization I (3) Traces forms of civilization from ancient beginnings through the 17th century. Especially recommended for freshmen.

122 Development of World Civilization ll (3) Traces forms of civilization from beginning of 18th century to the present. Especially recommended for freshmen.

121H-122H Development of World Civilization (3, 3) Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability. Consent of department required. (Same as Hist 121-122 but for honors credit and may not be taken in addition to Hist 121-122).

200 Introduction to International Studies (3) An interdisciplinary course to introduce studen